(W)ringing my hands
August 14, 2013 5:49 PM Subscribe
Should I get my rings removed now, before I give birth, or hope I won't need them removed at all? Fun details after the break.
posted by fantine to health & fitness (18 answers total)
I'm pregnant and due in a couple days (this Sunday the 18th). Like many other lucky pregnant ladies in the summer and all seasons, I have had some fun swelling including some in my hands. My previous comfortable rings are now resisting all my efforts to remove them. They aren't tight and my circulation is fine on my finger - they rotate and aren't painful - but they won't come off. I was able to remove them about 1.5 months ago when I got them cleaned, but haven't had luck since.
I have tried all the tricks - elevating my hand, icing my hand, the floss trick, dish soap, etc etc, all to no avail. Persisting to remove the rings just serves to annoy my finger and it makes it more swollen.
Though I had read that I would have to remove my jewelry before delivery, my midwife said it wasn't required or anything - but she was concerned about me keeping them on, since it's possible to experience MORE swelling after delivery, given the excess level of fluids making their way around. And of course, if I had to have an emergency or unplanned c-section, the rings would definitely have to be cut off and probably not in the most careful way.
I can go to the jewelers and have them remove my rings, removing the worries about post-delivery swelling or any issues in case of a c-section. But I'm hesitant to do that just because I don't like the idea of cutting into my rings (I'm very fond of them for obvious reasons) and what if it's all pointless anyway and I'm fine leaving them on during delivery?
Anecdotes, warnings, and success stories all welcome. I'm willing to keep trying to remove them myself even though it's been an exercise in frustration, especially if there's some foolproof method I haven't found in my search.